Screems gets fourth liquor citation |

Screems gets fourth liquor citation

SILVERTHORNE – Councilmember Peggy Long said she won’t hesitate to vote for pulling Screems’ liquor license and closing down the Silverthorne establishment. The bar again failed a liquor compliance check Thursday night, said Silverthorne Police Chief John Patterson.

This is the fourth time the bar has been cited for liquor-related violations. A previous citation came in December when a bartender was ticketed for serving alcohol to an underage person.

As punishment for that violation, the Silverthorne Town Council closed the bar last month for five days.

Other violations brought Screems before the council in June 2001 and March 2002. Both times, council put the bar on a six-month probation, and after the June 2001 hearing, elected officials also ordered it to close for five days.

Thursday, an Screems bartender was again cited for selling alcohol to an underage person.

Long said she’s fed up with giving the bar second chances. Earlier this year, when the council ordered the bar to shut down for five days, Long told Screems owner Shelly Surles she had had her three chances.

“If that is true and it is fact (that they violated the liquor code), I wouldn’t even blink at pulling their license. I will not lose even a wink of sleep at the decision.”

The Summit Prevention Alliance conducts the periodic alcohol compliance checks. Thursday, 10 out of 53 establishments checked failed the test.

“We have done compliance checks before and Screems has passed them,” said prevention coordinator Beverly Gmerek. “I don’t want anyone to think Screems was singled out. We chose 52 other establishments.”

But, she said, places that have failed in the past are checked more often than those that have not done so.

Surles did not wish to comment on the latest accusation.

Patterson, who said he is disappointed by the news, will write a letter to the council asking how it would like to proceed on the case. The council can decide to send a warning letter, take no action or set the matter for a show-cause hearing. During that hearing, the council can determine if there is enough evidence to hold a formal hearing on the future of the establishment’s liquor license.

Formerly the Virgin Islands Lounge, Screems has been open and under operation by Surles since July 2000. Police have been working with her for the past several months to ensure liquor laws at the bar are followed and have said she has been cooperative.

Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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